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Pittsfield Police arrested Jameail Beckett, 37, on Dec. 28, 2018, shortly after his fourth armed robbery in 10 days. Beckett has been sentenced to up to eight years in state prison.

PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield man with a criminal past has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison for a string of armed robberies in 2018.

Jameail Beckett, 37, admitted to robbing four stores at gunpoint from Dec. 18 to Dec. 28, according to a statement released Friday by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Beckett robbed the Family Dollar store on North Street on Dec. 18; Angelina's sandwich shop on Wahconah Street on Dec. 19; Alltown on Tyler Street on Dec. 27; and Angelina's on West Housatonic Street on Dec. 28. He was arrested later that night, along with Ivelisse Ruusukallio, who also was charged.

The total stolen from the four locations is $1,039.96, according to police records.

Beckett, also known by the street name "Gunz," has a past conviction for armed robbery, and has faced other charges, including assault and battery and larceny.

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As part of an unagreed plea, he pleaded guilty to four counts of armed and masked robbery.

His attorney sought a sentence of five to seven years in prison, while the prosecution asked for eight to 10 years.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to serve six to eight years in state prison.

Ruusukallio, who was 37 at the time, was sentenced to probation in December 2019, after accepting a continuance without a finding for one year on a single count of accessory after the fact, to wit: armed robbery, according to a spokesperson for the DA's office.